This winter, snow may slow down your morning commute, cause pipes to burst, even cause roof damage from too much heavy snow. Unfortunately, a bit of frozen precipitation can cause everything from a minor annoyance to sizeable damage. On top of all those things you need to prepare for in regards to your family and your car to weather winter safely, there are several things you’ll want to prepare for around your home to help prevent nature from wreaking havoc and creating costly damage. This winter, take a few precautionary steps to avoid hassle and damage. If you haven’t already, be sure to check back to part one of this mini blog series for our first few potential issues and how to deal with them.
A Quick Recap
One of the first things to be on the lookout for this winter are circumstances that can cause your locks to freeze. This can include things like turning the heat down too far while you go on vacation, sleet and ice storms, and even poor insulation around externally-facing doors. Frozen locks are more than a nuisance, they can create a security issue for your home, so it’s important to take what measures you can to prevent it. In the event of frozen locks, you can try methods similar to those you would use to unfreeze car icy car locks—just remember to use lukewarm water, not boiling-hot, to avoid doing damage from such a rapid temperature change.
In addition, be aware that freezing temperatures can make metal more brittle, so your keys may be more inclined to break. Don’t force keys to turn in stubborn or frozen locks, as you might end up snapping the key off in the lock. Instead, for both frozen locks and keys that have broken, you can contact your local locksmith; they’ll have the specialized tools to help you out without adding to the damage.
Keeping Your Home Secure
If you’ve ever taken a walk on a freezing winter day, you have probably felt just how dry the air can become, even when there is precipitation in the forecast. Winter is a dry season, and the lack of moisture in the air can have a pretty big effect on your home. Have you ever noticed how doors start sticking or refuse to close all the way during the summer? The opposite happens during the winter. During warmer months, there’s more humidity in the air, so the wood in your home will expand somewhat, so it stands to reason that when there’s little-to-no humidity in the air, the wood will contract. Because of this, doors may not close as firmly within a frame; in older homes especially, the weather can affect the wood so much that a door won’t fully close. Because it’s an effect of the climate, there isn’t much you can do indoors to prevent the wood from adjusting. So, once the winter weather sets in, you’ll want to check over any external facing doors—yes, even the one from your garage into the house—and ensure that doors still close and latch properly. If a door doesn’t latch properly, odds are good that your locks are just as ineffective, which could make your home a target for burglars. The fix could be as simple as installing new hinges or adjusting the locks, but you should contact your local locksmith for more assistance.
External Security Devices
While you’re checking up on the very basics of your home’s security, you’ll also want to keep an eye on any other security measures you’ve taken in and around your home. The freezing temperatures can have an adverse effect on home security systems, which can cause alarm systems to malfunction and cameras to slow down or freeze completely. If you’ve noticed the temperatures affecting your security system already, you may want to invest in some insulation to protect the hardware and keep it working. You’ll also want to check the insulation and security of all windows. If you aren’t sure which components need a bit of help, your local locksmith may be able to help you out.
Keep your home securely protected this winter with the above tops. If something does go wrong, prevent further damage; contact Top Notch Locksmith for help the wider Philadelphia area!